Whether the famous harbour lights or its famous feline, few places do Christmas better than Mousehole
feast day and received his due deserts with a poor catch of a motley fish. These stories together with the characteristic dialect expressions of the fishing community inspired Robert Morton Nance, Cornish language and dialect expert, to write the song in the 1920s. It has since become an essential part of the custom.
The legend of Tom Bawcock was given an additional momentum in the 1990s with Antonia Barber’s children’s story The Mousehole Cat. Here Tom Bawcock is joined on his stormy fishing escapade by his loyal black and white cat, ‘Mowzer’. Mowzer saves the day by purring at the storm and calming it down sufficiently for Tom to make his catch. Mousehole is definitely a merry place to be on Tom Bawcock’s Eve.
Nadelik Lowen dhewgh why oll! A Happy Christmas to you all!
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